Moorpark - Local Resident Arrested After String of Early Morning Break Ins
10/11/2012 4:00:00 PM
Nature of Incident:
3500 block of Weeping Willow Drive, Moorpark
Date & Time:
10/06/2012 ' Early morning hours
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
(S) Michael Bennett
On October 6, 2012, at about 6:00 A.M., Moorpark patrol deputies responded to a report of a prowler in the backyard of a residence in the 3900 block of Weeping Willow Drive after a neighbor saw the suspect looking into the windows of a residence with a flashlight. The suspect ran away from the backyard after he noticed he was being watched. Responding deputies located Michael Bennett a short distance away in the front yard of another residence. After a brief investigation, deputies arrested Bennett for prowling and possession of a controlled substance.
Upon further investigation, deputies quickly learned that two homes in the area had been broken into earlier that morning. The homeowners were inside sleeping, and property was stolen. The suspect possibly unlocked the rear sliding glass doors to these residences by reaching through a pet door. Deputies also learned of several other residences in the neighborhood where the suspect had attempted to commit burglaries. Through investigation of the crimes, Bennett was linked to those burglaries and the stolen property was recovered.
Bennett was booked at the Sheriff's Main Jail for the charges of residential burglary, attempted residential burglary, possession of illegal drugs, and being under the influence of illegal drugs. He is currently in custody at the Ventura County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date:
Detective James McCollum (805) 532-2700
Captain Ron Nelson